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Former Jets QB coach Daboll rejoining Pats

Belichick, pictured, says the Patriots will learn from

Belichick, pictured, says the Patriots will learn from "this terrible experience," and that it's time for New England to "move forward." Credit: AP, 2012

Former Jets QB coach Brian Daboll will rejoin the Patriots’ staff, Bill Belichick said on a conference call Monday morning.

Daboll, a former New England defensive coaching assistant and wide receivers coach, left the Patriots in 2006 to come to the Jets with Eric Mangini. In 2009, Mangini became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and named Daboll his offensive coordinator. From there, Daboll went on to be the OC at Miami (under Tony Sparano) and Kansas City.

Belichick said Monday that Daboll would serve the Patriots as an offensive assistant -- the same capacity as Josh McDaniels in 2011, when the Patriots hired him during their playoff run after McDaniels was released by the Rams.

“It’s great to have Brian back," McDaniels said on a Monday conferfence call. "He’s a very good football coach, very knowledgeable and can, and will, certainly help us in a lot of ways. Having another set of eyes that are experienced and (the fact that he has) a lot of understanding of our system and how we do things is only a positive for us.

"…Last year when I came back, anything they asked me to do, I was excited to do it. Anything you can do to help this time of year is useful. …Every detail is critical this time of year." 

Prior to the 2012 season, McDaniels took over for former OC Bill O'Brien, who accepted Penn State's coaching position. Asked if Daboll's return means he's headed somewhere else, McDaniels laughed and said, "I've already handled that question," adding that he's happy being with the Patriots.

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